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Installing windows without DVD

I need to re-install windows due to a disk crash.
The only optical drive I've used with this is a normal USB 2.0 DVD RW. The computer won't boot from this.
It boots fine from USB Floppy, but when you do >cd c: (or any other letter) it says invalid drive.
Any Ideas?

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  • One Man Band Mar 25, 2008

    The hard disk is being recognised fine when trying to boot from it, but when booting from USB floppy with a normal windows start disk, it will not change directory to the hard drive. As the bios does not support my USB 2 dvdrw, I want to know which optical drives are supported for booting. I belive a PCMCIA drive will do it, but I just wanted confirmation before I buy one. there are also tosh usb drives which are supported, but these are pretty hard to find.

  • snowdigger Mar 26, 2008

    I have the same problem.. my hard drive is hosed and I only have an external USB cd-rom but NO floppy drive. Is it true I'll have to buy a Pcmcia type cd rom drive?

  • benhusain Jun 18, 2008

    I want to re-install windows due to a hard disk crash.

    so what can i do??

  • Anonymous Oct 02, 2008

    No cd

  • Marty marty May 11, 2010

    earlier I responded to your newer post which did not include the new problem posted here..."it says invalid drive."...Please rate my earlier post as solved if in fact you still have this problem of ..."it says invalid drive.". This poses an entirely new and more serious problem.

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The hard disk is not recognized from USB because of SATA drivers not present on XP setup disk.

That happens because the BIOS uses a SATA controller that is not included in Windows XP install disk.

Usually you can solve the problem going to BIOS settings and changing SATA/RAID settings.Check your BIOS settings, and disable SATA RAID mode.This is done in different ways depending on the BIOS.

On HP/Compaq computers for example you press F2 on startup to enter BIOS, then disable SATA mode on bios settings.
On other makes the procedure can be slightly different.


Another way to fix the problem, is by creating your own XP setup disk with SATA drivers included, see:
Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows .

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Requirements

  • PC running Windows XP/2000 with a CD/DVD burner.
  • USB Flashdrive (Or some way to transfer files to the 3epc once Windows is installed)
  • SD Card, a fast SDHC is recommended of at least 2GB.
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  3. Boot your 3epc from the CD made in step 2
  4. Install Windows onto a FAT partition, deleting all the existing partitions
  5. When windows boots for the first time turn off the swap file, system restore, and the screensaver.
  6. Then stick your USB thumb drive into the EEE with the Hitachi Microdrive Filter.
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  9. You need to then Hit Start go to run, and type regedit. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\USBSTOR\
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  10. Open cfadisk.inf in the directory you unzipped the microdrive filter to. Edit the section called [cfadisk_device] so that rather than containing 11 lines, just have one line. The line begins with: %MicroDrive_devdesc% = cfadisk_install,
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How to obtain Vista Recovery Media and/or use the Vista Recovery Partition on your computer to put it back to Factory Settings.


There is no legal free Vista download available.

Contact your Computer Manufacturer and ask them to send you a set of Vista Recovery disk/s.


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